A Better Way to Hamstring Curl

Traditional machine leg curls are a waste of time for athletes.

I prefer Valslide or slideboard leg curls over a lying or seated leg curl machine for building the hamstrings any day.

Read more about the Valslide leg curl - including progressions and regressions - in my new article on STACK:

This Leg Curl Variation Will Give You Stronger, Injury-Proof Hamstrings

Prevent Hockey Hip Injuries With These 3 Movements

Did you know that 9 out of 10 hip injuries in hockey occur when there's no contact with an opponent, and that these types of injuries are steadily on the rise?

It's interesting to note that during the past two seasons that I have worked with 120+ junior, college and pro hockey players, we have had very few non-contact injuries to the groin and abdominal area.

A couple of guys have complained about tightness and/or something not "feeling right" down there only now and then, and these minor incidents can be counted with the fingers of my left hand.

More importantly, man-games lost to these issues are a whopping 0 over the course of two years.

So even if I say so myself, our off-ice training program has been extremely effective in keeping guys healthy and on the ice - in addition to getting them strong.

Read more about how to minimize the risk of non-contact hip injuries in my new article on STACK: ​

3 Off-Ice Exercises to Prevent Hockey Hip Injuries

Advanced Core Exercises for Freaky Strong Abs

My new article on building impressive core strength via advanced resistance band exercises was published on STACK.com.

Read it here:

4 Resistance Band Core Exercises for Rock-Solid Abs

New Article on Developing Unstoppable Strength and Athleticism at Muscle & Strength.com

I’m breaking new ground on the writing front!

Muscle & Strength just published my article (my first on their site) detailing 6 great tips on building strength and athleticism for team sport athletes.

Read it here:

6 Training and Athleticism Tips for Athletes

Why Most Youth Strength Training Programs Suck

The vast majority of youth “strength training” or “athletic performance” programs suck.

Why?

1. They fail to make you strong.

2. They don’t teach you how to move well – which is a pre-requisite for getting strong.

Here’s one of our 17-year-olds sumo deadlifting 190 kg / 418 pounds for 5 reps.

And it’s not uncommon for our 16- and 17-year-olds to do walking lunges with 80, 90, or even 100+ kg as you see here…

Not to toot my own horn or anything…

But our guys get strong.

And they do so while displaying good lifting form.

Unfortunately, this is hardly the case with most junior hockey players.

I’ve talked about what’s wrong with our current way of training young athletes before in detail in this post.

And now, STACK.com published my article where I explain the biggest mistake in youth strength training programs.

Read the full scoop here:

The Biggest Mistake in Youth Strength Training Programs

How to Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach

I’ve received several questions on how to enter the field of strength and conditioning, and how to get into coaching athletes over the last couple of months.

Questions like:

“How do I get started with training athletes?”

“Which certifications should I get?”

“What continuing education tools do you recommend?”

“Yunus, how come you keep getting more handsome every year that passes?”

Rather than answer all those emails landing in my inbox one-by-one, I’m putting this article up as mandatory reading for all ya peeps entertaining thoughts on becoming a strength coach.

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Breaking into strength and conditioning certainly isn’t easy if you don’t already have established connections within the industry.

Fear ye not, though.

I’ve compiled your 12-month curriculum for How to Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach 101 below.

Follow the five steps I lay out for one full year, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a strength coach, and further ahead than 98% of those contemplating getting into the field.

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New In-Season Training Article Published on STACK.com

With the off-season firmly in the books, I’ve had more time to put fingers to keyboard in the past couple of weeks than during the entire summer before that.

As a result, I should be back to churning out quality training content here and via other online publications.

However, with so many projects going on in the background, I won’t promise that I’ll be writing very frequently.

But I promise that what I’ll be sharing will mos def be worth reading.

STACK.com just published an article of mine on the importance of continuing to build upon the strength gains witnessed in the off-season, and how to keep setting PR’s all year long.

Check it out here:

Why You Should Build Strength During Your Sports Season